North central ND farmers can't get into the fields

Associated Press

MINOT, N.D. (AP) — Flooding in the Souris River basin in north central North Dakota is affecting not only cities, but farmers as well.

Ward County Extension Agent Mike Rose estimates that about 80 percent of the farmland in the region hasn't been planted yet.

He tells Agweek that most of the unplanted fields likely will stay that way, and if farmers don't have crops to sell it will be a big blow to the area economy. The effects also likely would be felt outside the region.

The state Agriculture Department says production agriculture accounts for about 25 percent of North Dakota's economic base.